The first time you took cocaine, the intense pleasure you felt practically knocked you off your feet. Since then, you crave the euphoria, confidence and self-esteem you feel when you’re high.
But behind all that masked exhilaration and ecstasy is a price tag – and a pretty hefty one, at that. Sometimes, your cocaine use makes you anxious, angry or paranoid. You may act out towards those you love and become physically nauseous. Over time, cocaine abuse does significant damage to all parts of your body, including your liver.
The Liver’s Role in the Body
Remember the last time you were standing in line outside your favorite night club? You probably couldn’t get in until the bouncers said so. And if a fight broke out or people became too rowdy, the bouncers probably served as the “muscle” of the night club, tossing out the troublemakers in order to maintain order.
Think of your liver in a similar capacity, serving as the “muscle” of your digestive system. Your liver performs 500 tasks to help keep you healthy, including serving as a filter for all the healthy (and not so healthy) substances you put in your body.
When you eat, drink or take medicine, your liver determines what toxins need to be removed from your body, what nutrients should be stored and when those nutrients should be sent to the blood. The liver also manages the storage and release of glucose to maintain stable blood sugar levels and breaks down and absorbs fats that you consume from food.
Your liver is quite an overachiever, and a rather successful one! But its own health and functions become compromised when illicit drugs like cocaine enter the body.
How Cocaine Causes Liver Damage
Is cocaine bad for your liver? A lot of research has focused on how cocaine affects the heart, since heart attack is the leading cause of death for people who abuse cocaine. And when we hear about drug use and liver damage, we assume it’s about alcohol because liver disease is linked to alcoholism.
But while stories like these get much of the spotlight, cocaine is working behind the scenes, steadily and aggressively attacking your liver. Each time you consume cocaine, you’re flooding your body with more and more toxins that your liver can’t filter out. Not only does this constant cocaine use increase your chances of suffering an overdose, it also harms your liver.
The good news is, your liver can recover if you put a stop to your cocaine addiction. But even strong, powerful night club bouncers are fallible and vulnerable if they find themselves in too much danger or in the line of fire.
If cocaine abuse continues and intensifies, there’s a chance you’ll suffer from acute liver damage that can lead to death. Your liver takes an even bigger hit if you’re struggling with a dual diagnosis disorder of cocaine and alcohol addiction. These two substances together cause your heart to produce a highly toxic substance called cocaethylene that does more damage to your liver than cocaine or alcohol alone.
Your liver does a lot to keep you healthy, so don’t let cocaine abuse cripple one of your body’s star players. If you’re struggling with cocaine use, the best way to break your addiction and help your liver recover is to enter a credible addiction treatment center like The Raleigh House.
Find Lasting Recovery from Cocaine Addiction at The Raleigh House
Are you tired of constantly giving in to cravings and needing a cocaine high in order to get through the day? At The Raleigh House, we have over 10 years of experience helping others just like you work through their cocaine addiction and regain a sober, fulfilling life.
We take both an evidence-based and holistic approach to cocaine addiction treatment. This means that besides individual and group therapy, we’ll help heal your body and liver through a natural, healthy pro-recovery nutrition regimen. During your time in our residential treatment program, you’ll eat fresh, home-made meals designed to combat the damage your cocaine abuse has caused. And when you transition into outpatient treatment, we’ll teach you how to maintain a pro-recovery diet on your own.
Are you ready to finally break free from cocaine abuse? Our admissions team is available to help you get started. Learn more about our cocaine addiction treatment program and how to begin the admissions process. Contact us today or call us directly for more information.